A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portions of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and the dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of your mouth.
As with all dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may have to be replaced at some point. However, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for Composite Fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing a space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
- Improve your smile.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. The dentist will remove decay. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience mild sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly, after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will help maintain your new fillings.